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When Gold was Black

When Gold was Black

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When Gold was Black

43 pagine
34 minuti
Apr 28, 2016


Hiroto Takahashi is one of the most popular living ecopols on Earth, a man who has dedicated his entire existence to harmonizing the needs of our civilization, and the needs of our planet.

His job is to nurture a sustainable and long lasting relationship between mankind and nature. A man whose innovative ideas saved the planet from itself at a time of need. Real, sound solutions that forever solved and satiated the problems of global warming.

Invited as the main guest on Centuries, one of the most popular TV shows on Earth, the ecopol answers some of the toughest questions regarding the survival of our planet. He addresses the concerns of pollution, the plummet in energy supplies, cutting edge eco-technology, the relationship between population and environment, renewable energy, city planning and the doom our species faced at the beginning of the 21st century and how we avoided it.

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When Gold was Black - Michele Amitrani



Michele Amitrani

Copyright © 2016 Michele Amitrani

All rights reserved.

No part of this book may be used, edited, transmitted in any form or by any means, (electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise), or reproduced in any manner except in the case of brief quotations embodied in reviews or articles. It may not be lent, resold, hired out or otherwise circulated without the Publisher’s permission. Permission can be obtained through

This is a work of fiction. Names, characters, businesses, places, events and incidents are either the products of the author’s imagination or used in a fictitious manner. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental.

ISBN (ePub): 978-0-9940663-4-3

Second Edition 2016

Published by Michele Amitrani.

Cover Design by Michele Amitrani.

The background image is a work by Nicholas Raymond licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported License. The original work has been modify with fonts and elements provided by the online graphic design platform Canva.

This one is dedicated to the stones.

They served us well in the past,

and we might soon need them again.


I originally wrote this short story back in 2011 after watching a documentary about the Saemangeum Seawall, the world’s longest man-made dyke, measuring 33 kilometers (21 miles), a dyke that was constructed to link three headlands South of the South Korean industrial port city of Gunsan.

I was blown away by the magnitude of the project, and even more impressed when I learned that after the estuary was completely filled, an area of about 400 square kilometers (150 square miles) was added to the Korean peninsula, making it one of the biggest land reclamation projects in the history of mankind. It was about two-thirds the size of Seoul. That’s four times larger than Paris and five times bigger than Manhattan.

It was at that point that I came across a statement by the then President of South Korea Lee Myung-bak, who emphasized that the completion of the Saemangeum Seawall was the starting point of building a new future for Korea. More specifically, he said: Saemangeum Seawall is not a simple seawall but an economic expressway for Korea to advance beyond Northeast Asia. This is an unprecedented project that will change the map of Korea. We now need to move forward by building a new civilization on this vast sea before us.

Continuing my research I found out on the Internet an article called Saemangeum: a new global city that explained in more detail what the ‘Saemangeum Project’ was really all about: Saemangeum aims at becoming an environmentally friendly city, combining economy, industry, tourism, leisure, international affairs, environment and culture. The five basic keywords in establishing the city are global, green, water, mankind and culture. Global refers to a place where the world’s manpower, money, and technology gather, while green" is a core base

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